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Florida

Birding Southwest Florida, Sanibel and the Everglades

Program No. 11908RJ
Discover renowned birding in Southwest Florida alongside experts as you explore beaches, swamps, mangroves and islands in search of the region’s rare and beautiful birds.
Length
6 days
Rating (4.91)
Activity Level
Starts at
2,099

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DATES & starting prices
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Feb 26 - Mar 3, 2023
Starting at
2,099
Nov 12 - Nov 17, 2023
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2,099
Nov 26 - Dec 1, 2023
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2,099
DATES & starting prices
PRICES
Feb 26 - Mar 3, 2023
Starting at
2,769
Nov 12 - Nov 17, 2023
Starting at
2,769
Nov 26 - Dec 1, 2023
Starting at
2,769

At a Glance

Discover diverse birding habitats in the Western Everglades and Caloosahatchee Watershed. Boardwalks, beach paths and hiking trails help us penetrate swamps, pines, oak hammocks and mangrove forests to see wintering birds and native breeders. Twenty species of wading birds call southwest Florida home, in addition to a variety of birds of prey, including Bald Eagles, Swallow-tailed Kites and the endangered Snail Kite. Purple Gallinules and eastern Burrowing Owls are our rarer natives.
Activity Level
Outdoor: No Sweat
Walking up to 2.6 miles one day; other walks 1-2 miles over varied terrain, including sand and boardwalks.
Micro Group
Micro Group
These adventures feature our smallest group size, with 12 participants or fewer.

Best of all, you’ll…

  • Bird three beautiful, life-nurturing swamps in southwest Florida: Lovers Beach State Park, Audubon's Corkscrew Swamp and Harns Creek.
  • Learn about the habitat restoration of the Wood Stork and other wildlife management issues.
  • Bird at Ding Darling on Sanibel Island, one of the first national wildlife refuges established in the U.S.

General Notes

All Road Scholar birding programs have a maximum participant-to-instructor ratio of 14:1 in the field. We adhere to the American Birding Association’s Code of Ethics. Learn more at http://www.aba.org/about/ethics.html
Featured Expert
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Heather L Hamilton
Florida native Heather Hamilton has been exploring the beaches, lakes and forests of Florida’s wilderness since she was a little girl. As an experienced camper, hiker, biker, kayaker, fisher and photographer, Heather has seen Florida in just about every light on her extensive travels throughout the state. She studied culinary arts at the Art Institute in Fort Lauderdale and became a cook and pastry chef, but she changed careers several times before embracing her passion. She became a Master Naturalist and full-time Florida guide.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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Florida native Heather Hamilton has been exploring the beaches, lakes and forests of Florida’s wilderness since she was a little girl. As an experienced camper, hiker, biker, kayaker, fisher and photographer, Heather has seen Florida in just about every light on her extensive travels throughout the state. She studied culinary arts at the Art Institute in Fort Lauderdale and became a cook and pastry chef, but she changed careers several times before embracing her passion. She became a Master Naturalist and full-time Florida guide.
Visit the Road Scholar Bookshop
You can find many of the books we recommend at the Road Scholar store on bookshop.org, a website that supports local bookstores.
How Birds Migrate
by Paul Kerlinger
Complete Birder
by Jack Coonor
Florida's Birds
by Kate/Maehr/Karalus
Sibleys Guide to Bird
by David Allen Sibley
Peterson Field Guides
by Roger Tory
The Life of Birds
by David Attenborough





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